Michael Steele announced publicly Monday, via Fox News’ “On The Record,” his intention to run for a second term as chairman of the Republican National Committee.
“Why are some gunning for you?” asked host Greta Van Susteren, in a nod to the stream of concern with Steele’s financial capabilities as chairman, where both fundraising and spending have come under scrutiny.
“Well, I think there’s a lot of reasons for that,” Steele replied. “My style is a little bit different than most conventional Republican Party chairmen. My style is more grassroots oriented. I’m much more of a street guy. I love hanging out in boardrooms, but I prefer to be in the neighborhoods and communities. My first trip as chairman was to go to Harlem, and a number of members asked me, ‘Why are you going to Harlem?’ Because that’s where the votes are. The party needs to get outside its comfort zone.”